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Sabbath school lesson 3, 1st quarter of 2018

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Sabbath school lesson 3, 1st quarter of 2018

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Sabbath school lesson 3, 1st quarter of 2018

  1. 1. GOD OR MAMMON? Lesson 3 for January 20, 2018 Adapted From www.fustero.es www.gmahktanjungpinang.org Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father"
  2. 2. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)  Who is God?  He created us.  He became human.  He redeemed us.  Serving God.  Serving money. Jesus is our Creator and Redeemer. He impels us to choose between serving God or serving money (mammon). We should know our two possible masters and the consequences of serving them before making a decision.
  3. 3. OUR CREATOR “For by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16) The whole Trinity was involved in Creation (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 45:11-12; John 1:3), and Jesus was the main cause. He created all the riches on Earth so we could enjoy them (Genesis 1:28-29; 2:8- 13), even after sin entered the Earth (Deuteronomy 26:15). However, we have corrupted the natural riches–as they are not inherently bad– by using them to do evil instead of glorifying God with them (Ecclesiastes 7:29; 1 Chronicles 29:14).
  4. 4. GOD INCARNATED “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God merged his divine nature with the human nature in the person of the Son–Jesus. That’s the greatest example of God’s love. He was born as a child. He grew up as we do. He showed the true character of our heavenly Father with His example and His teaching. God made everything possible to help us understand how He cares and loves us. Nevertheless, He lets us freely choose to live with Him or to let the love for material things separate us from Him like the young rich man did (Mat. 19:16-22).
  5. 5. OUR REDEEMER “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:6-7) We took what we shouldn’t–the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil–, so we incurred a debt that we couldn’t pay (Psalm 49:7-8).  The curse of the law (Gal. 3:13).  The power of darkness (Col. 1:13).  The wrath to come (1Ts. 1:10).  The devil (Heb. 2:14).  The power of death (Heb. 2:14).  Our vain lifestyle way of life (1Pe.1:18).  Our sins (Rev. 1:5). Jesus redeemed us by paying that debt at the cross (John 19:30). He also released us from…
  6. 6. OUR REDEEMER Jesus fulfilled His mission when He died at the cross. Our debt was fully paid. The divine justice was satisfied, and He is waiting for our response to His sacrifice. “There can be no self-exaltation, no boastful claim to freedom from sin, on the part of those who walk in the shadow of Calvary’s cross. They feel that it was their sin which caused the agony that broke the heart of the Son of God, and this thought will lead them to self-abasement. Those who live nearest to Jesus discern most clearly the frailty and sinfulness of humanity, and their only hope is in the merit of a crucified and risen Saviour.” E.G.W. (The Great Controversy, cp. 27, p. 471)
  7. 7. SERVING GOD “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39) “God is not a man.” (Num. 23:19). We cannot understand His nature and His thoughts (Isa. 55:9). He is the Creator and we are His creatures (Psalm 100:3). He is a “jealous God” (Deu. 4:24) and He doesn’t tolerate any competitor. He tells us, “My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways." (Proverbs 23:26). He doesn’t want a divided heart or just a portion of it. He wants a love response and full surrender, and He’s not ok with less. Why? Because He created us, and He supports our lives and the lives of everything He created. He wants the best for us, and there’s nothing better than living at His service.
  8. 8. We don’t own anything, even ourselves (1Co. 6:20). What can we do to avoid loving riches the same way we should love God? SERVING MONEY “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Before devoting to your possessions, ask yourself: Do I really own them? “Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the Lord your God, also the earth with all that is in it.” (Deuteronomy 10:14) “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:10) “For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child— both alike belong to me.” (Ezekiel 18:4 NIV) “‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:8)
  9. 9. “In giving ourselves to God, we must necessarily give up all that would separate us from Him. Hence the Saviour says, ‘Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.’ Luke 14:33. Whatever shall draw away the heart from God must be given up. Mammon is the idol of many. The love of money, the desire for wealth, is the golden chain that binds them to Satan. Reputation and worldly honor are worshiped by another class. The life of selfish ease and freedom from responsibility is the idol of others. But these slavish bands must be broken. We cannot be half the Lord’s and half the world’s. We are not God’s children unless we are such entirely.” E.G.W. (Steps to Christ, cp. 5, p. 44)

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